It's a distant memory now, but Peter Case
is considered one of the grandpappies of the Power Pop movement, thanks to his role in influential bands like the short-lived Nerves and the not-much-longer-lived Plimsouls in the early '80s.
Case has made an amazing, convincing transformation into one of the best Americana/Folk singer/songwriters of the current crop, releasing several albums of his narrative, visceral songs since 1986 and traveling the country Folk Troubadour-style. As he shows on his new album, Beeline
(Vanguard), Case has retained the instinctual knack for good melodies, but he tempers it with a raw rootsiness that's infectious. In the past few years, Case has perfectly shown his musical stripes by tributing two legendary music entities -- he was featured in a 1999 Beatles tribute show hosted by Sir George Martin at the Hollywood Bowl and, just last year, he compiled the critically acclaimed album, Avalon Blues
, which featured various contemporary artists covering the works of Case's hero Mississippi John Hurt.
At the Southgate House with Buddy and Julie Miller (with full band) on Thursday.
-- M. B.